"Tip #12: Closing up a light fixture
When a third hand comes in... well, pretty handy!
A light fixture spends most of its life underwater so it's got to be air tight. But lining up the lens, a stiff new lens gasket and steel bulb housing and squeezing them all together enough to get one of the securing rings started can be a frustrating experience.
Channel locks (photo) can be used or, if you're working alone, a pair of Vicegrips carefully adjusted to avoid crimping the housing works wonders.
Remember that it's essential to replace the gasket whenever a bulb is replaced. Take the old ones (bulb and gasket) with you to assure proper replacements.
Few things can sneak up on you like a cloudburst in Florida. And the last thing you need when you're plastering a pool is rain. A light rain can lift just enough cement out of the plaster that it falls apart when you fill the pool. A heavy rain will wash all plaster down to the main drain.
Since most residential pools are screened, you can tent the structure with a 40'X60' tarp. For around $100, your jobs become rainproof.
For outdoor installations with no screen, pull a 1/2" nylon line lengthwise down the center of the pool. Not as much room, but better than losing the job.
Or, you can weight down all edges of the tarp and place a commercial fan at one end. Air pressure will slightly billow the tarp and the fan will keep air in the work area reasonably cool. Be advised that a heavy rain tends to collapse this structure and having an electric cord on a wet deck is always a concern.
And just so you know... this was Grant's idea. He mentioned it and I didn't think it would work. We tried it and of course, it works perfectly. So, to give credit where credit is due and to make good on our bet, this was entirely Grant's idea.
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